Museum Foundation Statement Concerning Automatic Revocation of Tax-Exempt Status

On 25 October 2022, the MCRD Museum Foundation received notice of an automatic revocation of its tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service because of the failure to file a Form 990 (Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax) for three consecutive years. This means, among other things, that the Museum Foundation is no longer eligible to receive tax deductible contributions.

The Museum Foundation is a self-sustaining, nonprofit, non-federal entity that supports the mission accomplishment of the MCRD Command Museum. Transparency is at the heart of everything we do and fundamentally important to the Museum Foundation’s operations and communications.

The Museum Foundation uses the services of a Certified Public Accountant Firm to complete annual audits and Form 990 filing requirements. Delays in completing both requirements began in 2020, due to an investigation into financial transactions by a former Museum Foundation employee.

Museum Foundation corrective actions include, among others, a forensic examination to determine why the Form 990 filing requirement went unfiled. Furthermore, the Museum Foundation is taking immediate steps to file the Form 990s for the last three years. Finally, the Museum Foundation is applying to have its tax-exempt status retroactively reinstated to the date of revocation. If the Internal Revenue Service approves, then the Museum Foundation resumes its eligibility to receive tax deductible donations.

The Museum Foundation remains confident the Internal Revenue Service will retroactively reinstate our tax-exempt status once provided with a full explanation, to include our implementation of corrective measures to ensure timely filing compliance going forward. The Museum Foundation will announce the results of our forensic investigation (subject to individual privacy concerns) and the findings of the Internal Revenue Service when received.

In the meantime, the Museum Foundation will individually communicate with those donors that the revocation of tax-exempt status may impact, to include discussing with them the Museum Foundation’s willingness to return their respective donations.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while the Museum Foundation works diligently to resolve this unfortunate error.

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     This message articulates where we, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum Foundation Board, stand regarding human rights, racial equality, and social justice.

     This past Memorial Day, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.  A widely circulated video depicts how tragic and unjustifiable his death was.  His death marked the beginning of ongoing demonstrations and protests in nearly every major community of our country and overseas.  These protests concern not only George Floyd but represent and echo other examples of racial injustice.    

     It is fundamentally important that our Foundation avoids silence on matters of discrimination and bigotry, especially in light of recent events.  Racism is contrary to the purposes and goals of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum Foundation.  The harm, anguish, and anger caused by this blight in our society is very real for many of our members and supporters.  We fully support the effort to eliminate the presence of this evil from our Nation.  

     The purposes of the Museum Foundation do not overtly address the major consequences of racism in our society.  Yet, our meaningful work positively impacts people of different races and ethnic backgrounds.  This occurs as we support and assist Marines, Sailors, military families, veterans, Gold Star Families, scouts, middle school students, high school students, and others in need.  We are in the business of helping others and we appreciate the nexus between our work and National security. 

     Our Foundation is an apolitical nonprofit organization that is welcoming to all — regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and age.  We are diverse and working to increase this diversity while ensuring its presence in all areas of our Foundation.  Much of the Foundation’s work helps highlight and celebrate the diversity in the Marine Corps. 

     Our Foundation’s inclusiveness extends to members and veterans of every branch of the Armed Forces as well as civilians with no military experience.  Our Foundation members and supporters are valued equally and their respective lives offer many inspiring examples of responsible citizenship.  Our values and beliefs mirror those of the Marine Corps, especially in regards to the fundamental tenet of our Nation that all men — and women — are created equal. 

     Moving forward our Foundation will continue listening, learning, empathizing, communicating, and working together.  Our members will strive to set an example relative to human rights, social justice, and racial equality.  Our actions will ensure the Museum Foundation’s trajectory is one of ever-increasing improvement in who we are and how we help others and the Nation.


Board of Directors

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum Foundation  

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MCRD Museum Education Program

The MCRD Museum offers free tours, classes, and curricula.  Staff can also travel to local schools and classrooms.  Explore our free programming...


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MCRD Museum Reference Center

Photographs, maps, manuscripts, and more are in the MCRD Museum Reference Center. No cost!  Access by appointment.  Explore our Reference Center materials...


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On December 3rd the Museum will be having a Christmas event. RSVP by clicking the button below.

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This form is only for those who are 18 and older and who do not already have base access. Those who may already have access include people who have active duty/reserve ID cards, 100% disabled ID cards, Dependent, Retired, or Retired Dependent ID cards,  DOD civilian employee ID, or VA health ID that says 'service connected' and has already been registered at MCRD's Pass and ID office (the VA cards registered at other bases don't apply).


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Join the Support Regiment

The MCRD Museum Foundation depends upon membership fees, grants, and donations to conduct its business of supporting the MCRD Command Museum, the Marines and Sailors of MCRD, San Diego, and the Western Recruiting Region.


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Sponsors & Donors

The MCRD Museum Foundation established a Sponsors and Donors Wall to honor and recognize Marines and organizations, especially those with a connection to MCRD San Diego, and recognizes donors and supporters at various levels of giving.


Our Impact

Over the past 8 years the MCRD Museum Foundation has contributed over 1 million dollars to the Command Museum. We've recently announced a number of new Museum programs and technological upgrades.


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Veteran Outreach & Increased
Community Engagement

VOICE is the MCRD Command Museum's latest program supported by the Foundation, which is aimed at bringing together Marines, veterans, and the community together at a familiar place, the Depot where Marines are born.


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